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Vosters named director of student-athlete recruitment

Aug 15, 2017
Photo: Kat Vosters

Katherine Vosters will become the UW’s new director of student-athlete recruitment. Vosters has spent eight years working with the UW men’s basketball team, serving as director of basketball operations for the last three seasons. She is a UW-Madison graduate.

Berquam looks back on 10 years

Aug 8, 2017
Photo: Lori Berquam

From painting her hair pink to welcoming students to campus, dressing up as a wizard to strengthening inclusivity, Lori Berquam’s past 10 years as dean of students have been about making Madison a place for all students. She is proud to say the UW has “a big heart.”

Biondi departs D2P to grow his cider venture

Aug 8, 2017
Photo: John Biondi

After three years of helping UW inventors become entrepreneurs, John Biondi is leaving his position as director of Discovery to Product (D2P) on Aug. 31 to concentrate on his own business. With apple season right around the corner, he is sure to be busy.

Sociologist Hauser to lead national society

Jul 18, 2017
Photo: Robert Hauser

Emeritus Professor Robert Hauser has been chosen as executive officer of the American Philosophical Society. Hauser led the landmark Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, which has followed the Wisconsin high school class of 1957 to study the course of life and aging.

Charleston gets UW-Whitewater diversity post

Jul 18, 2017
Photo: LaVar J. Charleston

UW-Madison’s LaVar J. Charleston has been named assistant vice chancellor of student diversity, engagement and success at UW-Whitewater. Charleston currently serves as assistant director of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB).

Sperling feted for advancing women in legal field

Jul 11, 2017
Photo: Carrie Sperling

Professor and Associate Dean Carrie Sperling has received the 2017 Women in the Law award, presented by the Wisconsin Law Journal. The award is given annually to women lawyers who have achieved excellence in their careers and who have influenced other women to pursue legal careers.

Kelly to lead landscape architects group

Jul 11, 2017
Photo: Shawn Kelly

Shawn T. Kelly has been chosen president-elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Kelly, who has a landscape architecture business in Williams Bay, has taught here for 21 years. He created and manages the UW-Madison Center for Sustainable Design.

Sibert wins national chemistry honor

Jul 11, 2017
Photo: Ned Sibert

Chemistry Professor Ned Sibert is one of 65 newly selected American Chemical Society fellows. Sibert is an expert in theoretical chemistry, which — unlike experimental chemistry — uses math and computational tools to study and make predictions about chemical systems and their properties.

Research station director has herd instinct

Jun 27, 2017
Photo: Mike Peters

Mike Peters has been named director of UW-Madison’s Agricultural Research Station network. Peters majored in dairy science here, and was student manager of the Dairy Cattle Center — residing in the barn’s second-floor living quarters for three years.

Society of American Historians honors Cronon

Jun 20, 2017
Photo: William Cronon

The Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for distinguished writing in American history of enduring public significance has been presented to UW environmental historian Bill Cronon, citing his “unparalleled commitment to public discourse and academic freedom.” Related video: Cronon’s memorable message.

Education fellows to examine critical research areas

Jun 20, 2017
Photo: Education Building

The National Academy of Education announced the recipients of the 2017 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Programs on May 25, and no institution is home to more winners this year than UW-Madison’s School of Education. Four faculty members will each receive $70,000.

Strand, leader in serving nontraditional students, retires

Jun 13, 2017
Photo: Judith Strand

Returning adults and other nontraditional students have broader access to UW–Madison today, thanks to the tireless work of Judith Strand. Following 40 years at three universities, Strand retired this month from her post as associate dean in the Division of Continuing Studies.

Kutzbach honored as collaborative scientist

Jun 6, 2017
Photo: John Kutzbach receiving award

John Kutzbach has been awarded China’s highest scientific honor for foreigners for 30 years of collaboration advancing American and Chinese climate science. Kutzbach uses models of Earth’s climate to both better understand previous climates and more accurately predict future ones.

For the record, Peg Eusch is retiring

Jun 6, 2017
Photo: Peg Eusch

After nearly a decade as the gatekeeper for the Records Management Program at UW-Madison, Certified Records Manager Peg Eusch is retiring. Eusch is the person charged with ensuring the employees of UW-Madison understand proper records creation, management and retention.

Honors for staff who work with students

May 18, 2017
UW banner

The Madison Student Personnel Association recognized the work of eight employees who work in student services. Founded in 1956, the SPA exists to create connections among people who work with students to support, enhance and reinforce the university’s learning mission.

Venturelli is named a Shaw Scientist

May 18, 2017
Photo: Ophelia Venturelli

Ophelia Venturelli, an assistant professor of biochemistry, is one of two researchers in the UW System to earn seed funding from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Shaw Scientist Program to pursue innovative approaches to advancing human health while supporting their career development.

Goldsmith cited for early-career teaching and research

May 18, 2017
Photo: Randall Smith

Randall Goldsmith, an assistant professor of chemistry, is among the 13 U.S. early-career faculty members in the chemical sciences to win a 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Goldsmith’s research group works to develop methods to examine the behavior of individual molecules during chemical reactions.

Dawn Crim accepts DPI leadership position

May 16, 2017
Photo: Dawn Crim

Dawn Crim, associate dean in the School of Education, is leaving her post to become assistant state superintendent for the Division for Student and School Success in the Wisconsin DPI. The division is responsible for ensuring that all children attain proficiency in meeting the Wisconsin Academic Standards.

Governor proclaims employee appreciation day

May 11, 2017
State Capitol

Gov. Scott Walker has sent a message of thanks to all state employees, including the UW. “In honor of your hard work and dedication to the State of Wisconsin and its citizens, I have proclaimed … May 10, 2017, State Employee Appreciation Day.”

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Linder wins award for advocating more women in IT

May 9, 2017
Photo: Meloney Linder

Meloney Linder is one of six winners of the Internet2 Gender Diversity Award. Linder serves as associate dean in the Wisconsin School of Business. The award was established with the aim of getting more women in the information technology field within research and education.